Here is a list of the best Civil War movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This Civil War movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about the Civil War are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself.
The films on this list are the most famous Civil War movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of the topic.
This list answers the questions, "What are the best Civil War movies?" and contains items like Glory and Gods and Generals.
Various bits of information are included with these popular Civil War movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good movies about one of the earliest American wars to enjoy.
Directed by: Ronald F. MaxwellGettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg. The film starred Tom Berenger,... more
Directed by: Edward ZwickGlory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on the... more
Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor FlemingGone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International... more
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglenShenandoah is a 1965 American film starring James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, and, in her film debut, Katharine Ross. The picture was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The cast... more
Directed by: Clint EastwoodThe Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, with Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, and Geraldine Keams. The film was... more
Directed by: Sergio LeoneThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age &... more
Directed by: Anthony MinghellaCold Mountain is a 2003 epic drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman,... more
- Gods and Generals is a novel which serves as a prequel to Michael Shaara's 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning work about the Battle of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels. Written by Jeffrey Shaara after his... more
Directed by: Kevin CostnerDances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake and tells the... more
North and SouthElizabeth Taylor, Kirstie Alley
Directed by: David L. WolperNorth and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in 1985, 1986, and 1994.The 1985 first installment, North and South, remains the seventh-highest... more
Directed by: John FrankenheimerAndersonville is a 1996 American television film directed by John Frankenheimer about a group of Union soldiers during the American Civil War who are captured by the Confederates and sent to an... more
Directed by: John FordThe Horse Soldiers is a 1959 film that was directed by John Ford and starred John Wayne, William Holden and Constance Towers. John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin produced the movie and wrote its... more
Directed by: John HustonThe Red Badge of Courage is a 1951 war film made by MGM. Directed by John Huston, it was produced by Gottfried Reinhardt with Dore Schary as executive producer. The screenplay is by John Huston,... more
Ambrose Bierce: Civil War StoriesCampbell Scott, Kip Niven
Directed by: Ang LeeRide with the Devil is a 1999 American film directed by Ang Lee. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by James Schamus, based on a book entitled Woe to Live On, by author Daniel... more
Directed by: Raoul WalshThis film is a 1941 American western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Written by Æneas MacKenzie and Wally Kline, the film is a highly fictionalized... more
Directed by: Francis D. LyonThe Great Locomotive Chase is a 1956 Walt Disney Productions CinemaScope adventure film based on the real Great Locomotive Chase that occurred in 1862 during the American Civil War. The film stars... more
Wicked SpringDJ Perry, Aaron Jackson
Directed by: Kevin R. HershbergerWicked Spring is a 2002 American historical-based dramatic war film directed, produced, and written by Kevin Hershberger, as a his first narrative feature film, The fictional portrayal is based on... more
Directed by: Buster Keaton, Clyde BruckmanThe General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. Inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, which happened in 1862, the film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with... more
Directed by: Mike NewellBirth of a Nation is a 1983 television play starring Jim Broadbent as teacher Geoff Figg. It was written by David Leland and directed by Mike Newell. It was originally broadcast on ITV on 19 June... more
Directed by: Don SiegelThe Beguiled is a 1971 American drama film directed by Don Siegel, starring Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page. The script was written by Albert Maltz and is based on the 1966 Southern Gothic novel... more
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglenThe Undefeated is a 1969 American Western film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and John Wayne and starring John Wayne and Rock Hudson. The film portrays events surrounding the French Intervention in... more
Directed by: John GrayThe Hunley is a 1999 television movie directed by John Gray. The film is based on the true story of the H. L. Hunley submarine and the Action of 17 February 1864.... more
Directed by: James NeilsonJohnny Shiloh is a 1963 television film that originally aired as two episodes of The Wonderful World of Disney based on the life of John Clem, who was called "Johnny Shiloh"... more
Directed by: Julian Adams, A. Blaine MillerThe Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams is a 2007 film starring Julian Adams, Amy Redford, Gwendolyn Edwards, Eric Holloway, Joshua Lindsey, and Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren about the life of... more